SPRING BREAK 2005
Over the past five years, Collectors Choice have established themselves as the final word for collectible imports and domestic U.S. CD remasters. In early 2005, CCs in house label reissued four CDs from West Coast pop maven Andrew Gold. Starting with his 1975 album Andrew Gold, the singer songwriter went on to release Whats Wrong With This Picture? (1976 produced by Peter Asher) and All This And Heaven Too (1978, now with a bonus cover of the Beatles hit Dr. Robert), although he completely outdid himself with his 1979 album, Whirlwind. Often referred to as Golds best album of the 70s, Whirlwind was also his hardest rocking album to date and contains a slew of dynamic power pop gems including the title track and a blistering lead off rocker called Kiss This One Goodbye. Commenting on the liner notes Gold adds, In 1979 I began work on an unusual album for me. A rock album. Its funny, now that its been years since the record was made, a lot of my fans like this album the best. Go figure. Gold may have been known as a pop lite kind of guy, but the 2005 Collectors Choice remaster of Whirlwind places Gold into a solid pop-rock category. Well worth the time for fans of Golds West Coast pop sound, Whirlwind along with his other CC remasters feature detailed liner notes, bonus cuts and photos and provide a solid introduction to an underrated pop maestro. Other 2005 reissues on Collectors Choice worth checking out include Terry Melcher (a CD reissue of his 1974 Reprise Records Lp with Ry Cooder, Chris Hillman, Clarence White), Doug Sahm - Groovers Paradise (1974 with Stu Cook and Doug Clifford from Creedence Clearwater) and a CC remaster from the Del-Fi Records catalog, The Impacts - Wipe Out! (1962 instro surf-rock classic with guitarist Merrell Fankhauser). Most CC remaster titles feature bonus tracks and all feature excellent digital sound and extensive liner notes. www.ccmusic.com
taken a while but late in 2004 EMI Records in England reissued Music
Inspired By Watership Downthe 1977 album by Swedish keyboard
master Bo Hansson. Assisted by Swedish guitar ace Kenny Håkansson
and other top players, Hansson recorded and released some of the
most adventurous and melodic progressive instrumental rock of the era
and although hes been dormantat least on record for the
past couple decadesthe albums Hansson made with Silence Records
producer Anders Lind remain vital and refreshing. After leaving
Silence, Hansson and Håkhansson switched labels for his 1977 album
El-Ahrairah, which was released on Lp in the U.K.
and the U.S. as Music Inspired By Watership Down. Now, more than
25 years after Bos final instrumental album, EMI in the U.K. reissued
the first four Bo Hansson solo albumshis first Lord Of The
Rings (1969), Magicians Hat (1972), Attic
Thoughts (1975) and Watership Down, complete with bonus
tracks and intriguing liner notes. Unlike the late 90s Silence
Records CDs of these progressive music masterpieces with their Swedish
titles, these 2004 EMI remasters feature all the info needed by English
speaking music lovers to rediscover some certified 70s prog-rock
had a gig in Gothenburg, Sweden, as sub-sub for Hendrix. We then stayed
at the same hotel as Hendrix. While we were checking in, Jimi came rolling
through the main entrance door with a 5m feather stola around his neck.
He was quite hmm, unsteady. He went for the elevator same time as we.
Together we went up to his floor, and what I then was thinking was,
he seemed so tall on stage, but not in the elevator in "private".
After letting him off at his level, we continued to ours. The same night
he threw a TV set out through the window of his room. 6th or 7th floor.
He did his concert the next day, with one of his hands wrapped up in
Music For Airports
Back in 1978 rock icon Eno released his first major instrumental opus of ambient music entitled Music For Airports. Flashback several years before to 1975 when Eno had released an album of neoclassical music released on the Obscure label entitled Discreet Music, inspired by his early mentors Erik Satie, La Monte Young, Steve Reich and Philip Glass. The liberating minimalism of Discreet Music in 1975 provided the perfect backdrop for the truly significant release of Music For Airports: Ambient 1, which is still regarded as Enos first ambient electronic music masterpiece. Conceived and produced by Eno as an aid for those with a fear of flying or perhaps just a feeling of anxiety about whether they will ever see their luggage again, the four part instrumental opus never got piped in to airports world wide, yet Enos equivalent of an aural sedative set the stage for the New Age boom of the late 70s and certainly the 80s. Eno followed Music For Airports in 1980, collaborating with Harold Budd on an album entitled Plateaux Of Mirrors: Ambient 2. By this time Eno was on a roll and in the eyes of progressive music lovers could do no wrong. In 1982 Eno created another masterpiece of ambient electronica. Entitled On Land: Ambient 4, the album featured Eno assisted by several players including Jon Hassell (trumpet) and Michael Brook (guitar). The eight track On Land, along with Plateaux Of Mirrors, Music For Airports and Discreet Music were reissued late in 2004 by Astralwerks. Remastered using Class A analog electronics combined with the best analog to digital conversion, each CD now sounds as Brian Eno intended them to be heard. In addition, each 2004 Ambient CD remaster features liner notes by Eno and spiffy digi-pak design. Enos calling as the inventor, spokesman, architect and mapmaker of Ambient music is truly realized on these living, breathing artifacts of historic minimalist music magic. Although Ambient music has splintered into a wealth of categories including ambient dub, ambient house, ambient techno, ambient chill, its a valuable lesson to hear the art form in its purest, incipient state...just as Eno first imagined it. www.astralwerks.com
Fly Jefferson Airplane
face it, the 60s wouldnt have been nearly as much fun as
it was without The Jefferson Airplane. Started by Paul Kantner,
Marty Balin, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Cassidy and late
great drummer Spencer Dryden, the group took off in full flight
upon enlisting lead vocalist Grace Slick. From the 67 release
of Surrealistic Pillow till they laid the name to rest in 1972,
the Airplane invented a new rock language, influencing scores of bands
who worshipped their free-form, freaky approach to West Coast psychedelia.
With the 2004 DVD release of Fly Jefferson Airplane, Eagle
Vision pays tribute to one of Americas great rock legends.
The nearly two hour DVD offers a captivating collection of the Airplanes
best live performances as captured on 60s TV shows like The
Bell Telephone Hour, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The Perry
Como Show as well as clips from The Monterey Pop Festival and
the documentary Go Ride The Music. Linking these incredible video
performances are recent interviews with all the members who vividly
articulate the legacy behind the groundbreaking innovative Airplane
sound. Also featured are moments from the bands induction into
the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame capped off by liner notes from Airplane
expert Jeff Tamarkin. www.jeffersonairplane.com
Specs Appeal / Tasty
When it comes to CD reissues from The Shadows, it doesnt get alot better than the titles coming these past few years from the France-based Magic Records. Magic has done a great job all around on a wide range of Shadows CD remasters and most recently, in 2004 they reissued a fine double CD set combining the late 70s Shadows classics Specs Appeal and Tasty. Both Specs Appeal (from 1975) and Tasty (from 1977) presented a range of hard rocking Shadows instrumental guitar tracks with Specs Appeal adding in a number of vocal tracks as well. On this essential Magic double CD reissue of Specs Appeal / Tasty, both the original 13 track Specs Appeal and the 11 track Tasty track lineup are further enhanced with a range of bonus vocal and instrumental tracks combining for a total of 36 tunes over the two discs. Both of these now classic albums were among the final studio albums of original music The Shadows would release on EMI Records, and they remain stellar examples of the brilliant, though often overlooked instrumental and vocal music that guitarist Hank B. Marvin and his Shadows band mates recorded in the mid 70s. Check out the Magic web site for information on all their fine Shadows CD remasters. www.magic-records.com